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Archive for: July, 2015

Dowling’s Dilemma: Would JFK be tagged a ‘conservative Republican’ today?

President John F. Kennedy

By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul Dowling runs the website “Eagle Rising.” Based on its content, I doubt he shares all of my worldview. However, he clearly shares some of it. Dowling posted a wonderfully provocative commentary this past week, entitled “Is President Kennedy now a conservative Republican?” This is not an entirely […]

Oklahoma Legislative Caucus will focus on education, public safety

Sen. Kevin Matthews and Rep. Regina Goodwin.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, says members of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will focus on improving education and increasing training for some members of law enforcement as well as private security personnel in the months ahead. Matthews, who was elected caucus chair in May, said these were two examples of […]

Oklahoma Guard implementing Fallin’s order to arm personnel, six more states follow her lead

Rep. Chris Kannady and Gov. Mary Fallin.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – This month, the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) has moved quickly to staff guidelines and implementation measures for immediately arming certain military personnel at National Guard facilities across the state. Additionally, force protection and security measures for every facility under the control of the National Guard were being reevaluated and enhanced, […]

The Oklahoma Senior Follies at UCO’s Mitchell Hall, August 14-16

Dick Sias is the 2015 Follies “king,”

by Patrick B. McGuigan The annual “Oklahoma Senior Follies” returns August 14-16 at Mitchell Hall. The show’s new venue, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, is an excellent “viewer-friendly” place to watch this beloved extravaganza in the grand tradition of the Ziegfield Follies of Broadway that brought Oklahoma’s “Favorite Son,” Will Rogers, to […]

Oklahoma Democrats invite Independents into party primaries

Tom Guild and Susan McCann.  Photos provided.

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Democrats, in convention assembled, on Saturday (July 25) comfortably approved a proposal to allow registered Independents to vote in primary elections. Chairman Mark Hammons, who took the reins as party leader at the May 30 “part one” of the convention, applauded the better-than-two-to-one (314-147) vote to […]

First Friday Feature: Tour de Quartz comes to Paseo Art Space

Self-portrait by Jasmine Johnson, a featured art work from the 2015 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, will be exhibited at Paseo Arts Space August 5 to August 31.   Photo provided.

Staff Report Oklahoma high school students are displaying artwork at Paseo Art Space (3022 Paseo in Oklahoma City) Wednesday, August 5 through Monday, August 31 in conjunction with the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s Tour de Quartz exhibition. There will be an opening reception as part of the Paseo’s First Friday Art Walk on August 7th from […]

For city man, no apology and less than full transparency in response to police dog biting incident and home invasion

Oklahoma City resident Jon Sellers was bitten by a dog under police control of the city police department, although that has never been formally admitted. No formal apology, offer of restitution, or report of remedial action been received by Mr. Sellers, as of July 20, 2015. Photograph by Harold Green

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – It rained a lot in Oklahoma City this May, but no rain was falling at about 9:30 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, May 20. Jon Sellers was inside his apartment on N.W. 26 Street, sitting near the front door. He was talking about business on the telephone […]

An Open letter to U.S. Rep. Steve Russell: Please support the nuclear agreement with Iran

Peace House Director Nathanial Batchelder (left and Congressman Steve Russell.  Photos provided.

Dear Congressman Russell: My church’s denomination — the UCC, United Church of Christ — is circulating an alert to support the nuclear agreement with Iran just announced. Not only the US, but China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany have signed this agreement with Iran. The agreement verifiably blocks Iran’s pathways to nuclear weapons, […]

Enhancing Medical Care in the coming age of doctor shortages

State Rep. David Derby

To The Editor: Baby Boomers have always had a huge impact on American society and economics, and that continues to be the case as this generation moves into retirement. For example, the number of Medicare beneficiaries is increasing by about three percent each year, and will reach 73 million by 2025. At the same time, […]

Local Amnesty group hosts death penalty workshop featuring human rights activist Rick Halperin

Southern Methodist University professor Dr. Rick Halperin, a longtime human rights activist, will lead a day-long death penalty workshop hosted by the Oklahoma chapters of Amnesty International on July 25 at Oklahoma City University’s Walker Center.   Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma chapter of Amnesty International will host a comprehensive workshop on the death penalty on Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The free training event will be held at Oklahoma City University, in the Walker Center for Arts & Sciences, Room 151.  Parking is available […]

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